Statement from the
Arab Ba'ath Socialist
Party (of Iraq)
- MAY 13, 2004 -


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One Arab Nation with Eternal Mission
Unity, Liberty, Socialism


Dignified Iraqis !

Glorious Daughters and Sons of the Arab Nation !

Ba’ath Comrades and Resistance Mujahideen !

In these days thirty-two years ago, the Ba’ath and the national political leadership in Iraq issued a warning to the western oil cartel companies that had absolute rights on oil in Iraq. In those days the Iraqis, the region and the World (especially the oil companies and the Imperial decision making centers) in UK and USA, lived on the tempo of the steps taken by the Ba’ath and the responsible and inflexible Iraqi leadership into putting their warning into execution. Many in those days, including the oil companies countries and Arab regimes who are the oil guards in the Arab peninsula and the Gulf, and even Arab Communist parties, were sure that the Ba’ath will either hesitate or withdraw its 1972 warning. On that very day of June 1st, the historic nationalization decision, as promised and vowed by the Ba’ath was born according to a studied plan based on a challenging political, economical and security ground experienced by al Ba’ath and the people of Iraq who together made this national, patriotic and progressive achievement possible. The date of June 1st 1972 was a turning point and a promising start and a permanent challenge, drawn, launched and backed by the Ba’ath, and through which Iraq rode the economical, and social development course, and the true national independence, and national and human sharing with brothers and friends, in order to build the power and strength, define and protect the national and Arab identity of the Iraqi oil.

The Iraqi oil nationalization battle endured by the Ba’ath according to its pan Arab and socialist ideology, and putting into practice its social, economic and defense policies, asserting its strategic goals drawn on the long term, was an ongoing battle of challenges with the backward regressive Arab sectarianism, international imperialism, and racist Zionism. This is a truth which cannot be denied with the battle still going on, and the American Imperialism organized invasion against Iraq, and the armed looting of its oil with the complicity and support of the regressive religious forces and Arab regressive regimes and Zionist "Israel".

And here we assert the following:

1 - The Iraqi oil with its National and Arab Identity has been and will always be in the heart of the struggle:

* The battle of the Iraq Oil nationalization and what have followed constitute the first engagement with the Shah's Iran and its role as the Gulf Cop according to Imperialist America's interest and desires after the failure of Mossadaq Revolution.

* It was also a disagreement point and a political rivalry between the Arab peninsula regressive states - especially the Saudi regime - on pricing, production and OPEC role.

* It was also a rivalry area in the Independent decision battle and the political vision in the Cold war scenes during the bipolar period either in the Indian subcontinent conflict or the consequences of the Saudi failure to establish an Islamic Coalition; or what position to take concerning the communist revolution in Afghanistan and the Arab Gulf states support to the US and its picked up (Mujahideen).

* It was also a competitive and rivalry field between the National and Pan Arab position by some of the resource limited Arab states after the October ' 73 war and the following known arrangements and the exit of Egypt from the Zionist Arab struggle.

* And it was in the heart of the military struggle with Khomeini's Iran plans and its still ongoing occupational project through its occupation of islands belonging to a US backing and allied Oil Gulf state in the actual aggression against Iraq which helped insure the US hegemony over the Gulf oil in the past.


2 - The Iraqi oil with its pan Arab national and independent identity used for development on scientific and technical basis was and will be:

* A means and an objective of the struggle and challenge endured and adopted by Iraq according to the Ba’ath Strategy for technical and industrial development, putting into practice the development for legitimate military industries. 

* It was an Imperialist US target in its plan to circumvent, contain, and strike Iraq and its political leadership, its independent and self sufficient development programme, through what the US used such as the Regressive Kurdish rebellion in northern Iraq or the role played by the Al Sabbah family in Kuwait by purposely lowering the prices or drowning the markets with the crude oil after Iraq's decisive victory over Khomeini's Iran.

* It was the Imperialist US target in the period after the lowering of prices by designing UN resolutions based on pretexts and lies, for 13 years, targeting the Iraqi oil simply because the independent, national pan Arab political identity set for developement. The US tried and failed to use the oil as a mean to starve the people of Iraq during the unjust embargo. Meanwhile, the oil was, for the Ba’ath, an opportunity to undertake outstanding and challenging achievement through the use of this National wealth revenues for construction, challenges and development inside Iraq first and before everything else, thus breaking down US plans and forcing it to accept Iraq conditions through the signing of the memorandum of understanding first, and second to throw away the UN resolution No1284. 


3 - The occupied Iraqi oil and the US armed hold up of this wealth, are and will be a legitimate and a permanent target in the plans and objectives of the armed resistance actions to liberate Iraq and defeat the invaders.

* The Iraq oil being an indivisible part of the occupied Iraqi homeland, and being an impossible to achieve target for the Imperialist US hegemony since the June 1st 1973 courageous nationalization decision, was a possible national strategy to defend Iraq during the aggression and became a target strategy in the action of the Iraqi armed resistance, based on its political and strategic ongoing plans in the combat and resistance military operations. That is why the extraction, the production, the transport routes and terminals were attacked in Iraq from the very first months of the resistance operations.

* The Invader thought to rely on its occupation and hold up of Iraqi oil to compensate its gigantic material losses because of its aggression and because of the ongoing and growing armed resistance, it will fail and it will for sure loose, because the Ba’ath and the Resistance leadership have vowed to make these targets impossible for the invader to achieve until Iraq is liberated and the total and utter defeat of the occupiers.

* The battle to prevent the occupation from a hold on Iraqi oil is a part of Iraq liberation battle, thus the adoption of every legitimate mean and combat ways etc. to reach that objective, remain open now or in the future. The growing and the development of the armed resistance will put on practice every possible means militarily and technically to prevent the occupier from stealing Iraq's oil and to use its revenues in any structures with anybody and under any circumstances on the national and international levels.

On this basis, every one who collaborates with the occupier, such as employees, merchants, middlemen, be they Iraqis, Arabs or non-Arab will be watched and targeted without any hesitation.

* There will be no further warning, and those who feel concerned should reconsider their position. The employees, the technicians and engineers on the extraction sites and along the transport routes, in the oil terminals and the offices of the Oil sector, should start to suspend their work and give up their posts and join the resistance each one according to his technical and administration position to prevent the occupation from stealing Iraq oil.


4 - The Iraqi oil will be an active factor leading to the failure of the Imperialist US project in Iraq and in the region.

* The deepening and the growing impasse of the Occupation in Iraq instigated by the Iraqi armed resistance and its organized and calculated action compared with the limited electoral agenda facing the aggressive US administration, will lead to failure when it comes to how to deal with its Iraqi impasse, or how to get some kind of success such as improving the economic situation in the US and its connection with the energy international markets when it comes to lowering or controlling the oil prices.

* The US administration attempts to use the traditional Saudis plotting role in OPEC through the increase of crude oil production thus destroying the system of quotas agreed upon by member states before the US elections in the hope to lower the prices, will be a dangerous and non guaranteed enterprise amid the state of crises and expected security chaos in the region and mainly in Saudi Arabia. With the growing opposition in Saudi Arabia and its armed operations in many cases, the Saudi oil factor will be sensitive to any action taken by the opposition through military operation in Najd and Hijaz regions and in Al Ihsaa area as well.  

* With the incoming meeting of the G8 scheduled on the June 8th, the US Administration will have to face an international agenda to defend its global commercial, technical and financial policies, including its lost control on the ascending oil prices in spite of its hegemony on the Gulf oil and its occupation and hold up of Iraqi oil. The US will have also to explain its failure against the international war on terror, which costs and is still costing the G8 a huge amount of financial burden with no tangible result. The terror indeed has established itself in these countries and it is felt there more than any time ever.

* The current US impasse in Iraq, and in the region, and the current high oil prices pressure, might push the US to undertake something which could target the geographically closer oil fields such as those in Venezuela; either through invasion or through a military coup using mercenaries for that purpose.

This is how the Ba’ath put the oil of Iraq into the heart of its economical; and development strategy, defining its identity on the national and pan Arab level in order to serve Iraq political and pan Arab interests, strengthening Iraq and Arab relations with others on the basis of mutual interests. This is how the Ba’ath and the leadership of liberation and resistance put Iraq oil in the resistance political and strategic project, as an objective to liberate Iraq and expel the Invaders.


The political information and publication Bureau
Of the Arab Ba'ath Socialist Party Iraq
May 13th 2004

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